The Gonzaga Lecture Series was launched in the mid- 1990s with a view to providing a forum for exploration and discussion of themes in contemporary Theology and society. They typically take place during Lent and over the years we have been lucky to welcome a range of speakers from across the globe.
This year, the theme of the lectures is ‘Encountering the Divine’ and we are thrilled to welcome the following guest speakers:
TUESDAY 12th MARCH, 7PM
Fr Stephen Reilly – Co-ordinator of Spiritual and Pastoral Formation, University of Glasgow
Young Catholics: the problem or the solution?
Scotland is one of many Western countries demonstrating a decline in Church attendance, especially among the young, with many asking Thomas Groome’s question of the next generation, “Will there be faith?” How can we challenge and equip our young Catholics to become the solution, not the problem, to the future of the Church?
TUESDAY 19th MARCH, 7PM
Dr. Sohaib Saeed: Muslim Chaplain, University of Edinburgh
Knowing Allah Through the Divine Names
A Muslim theologians’ reflections on the possibility of knowing and naming the Divine. Dr Saeed provides us with an overview of the significance of the name Allah and the implications of its reputed linguistic origins, discussing Ghazali’s approach to the Divine Names as ways of knowing and reforming the self.
TUESDAY 26th MARCH, 7PM
Fr Geoffrey Wheaton SJ: Lecturer of Art and Scriptures. Former RC Chaplain, Imperial College London University
Encountering the Divine through Scripture and Art
The four gospels present four ‘portraits’ of the person of Jesus Christ. Over the centuries, artists have creatively interpreted these for their own portrayals. This lecture looks at artistic representations of Jesus, and their basis in Scripture, from ancient times to the present day.
The lectures will be held at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, 232-242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RJ. Admission is free
You can register for the lectures here.